Top Nursing Colleges

As a nursing major, you’ll learn the how to restore and maintain health in human beings of all ages through a deep understanding of nursing science, biological science, as well as the social sciences. At Villanova University, for example, you’ll encounter courses such as: Foundations of Pathophysiology, Advanced Anatomy and Physiology, Health Care Ethics, Genetics for Nursing, and Pharmacological Basis for Nursing Interventions.

Earning a degree in nursing will prepare students for careers in a variety of settings including: hospitals, physician’s offices, nursing homes, schools, the military, and community health clinics.

What do you need to make it in a Nursing program?

On the academic end, a strong background in the hard sciences is essential. Nursing students need to be able to memorize large quantities of material in order to ace challenging courses in anatomy, biology, and pharmacology. However, being successful in a nursing program and career requires additional qualities such as alertness, compassion, the ability to handle stress, being detail-oriented, and excellent communication skills.

Your Nursing College Checklist:

  • What is the placement rate of graduates in hospitals and other health care settings?
  • What is the professional background of the faculty?
  • How many clinical hours are required for graduation/certification?
  • Since many nurses choose to pursue advanced degrees like an MSN or a NP (Nurse Practitioner), how do graduate schools view your prospective college?
  • Do BSN students have access to premier laboratories or are they reserved for students seeking advanced nursing degrees?
  • Does the school offer your preferred area of specialization within the nursing field?

The Top Nursing Colleges & Universities

Nursing is a competitive and finding the right college and program is often key to landing a good job. Schools that are held in particularly high regard by professionals, employers and students include: Case Western Reserve University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Johns Hopkins University. For a complete list of College Transitions Top Nursing Colleges and Universities, click here.

*College lists are compiled on the basis of counselor interviews, guide books, exhaustive internet searches (of college and departmental websites), and data provided by The College Board and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).


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